I have been wanting to get a bike for while now, but I am having trouble figuring out a good bike to start with. I have never really biked regularly prior to this so I am a truly new to this. I imagine myself doing a lot more road biking but I would like the option of taking it to an easy trail every once in a while. I have heard of the Trek Hybrid bicycles and think I might like that best as a beginner, but I wanted to get everyone's opinion and possibly other options. I did have a Trek bicycle a few years ago and it may have been a Hybrid, but I'm not sure - it was stolen - I loved it, but I guess the chain I used to lock it wasn't thick enough or something. Anyways, I don't even really know the difference between most bikes or what I should really look for. I am not looking to spend too much on my first bike but I am willing to go in the $300-$400 range.
Any help would be great!